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Subject: TILT NIGHT
THE SPECTRUM WAS JAM PACKED FULL OF HUNGRY HEADS DANCING UP INTO THE CORNERS OF THE RAFTERS.SUGAR MAG/SUNSHINE WAS A SMOKER & A TOKER, BRENT NEARLY FALLIN OFF HIS BENCH DURING POCKY WAY,THERE WAS A SWEET VIBE THAT SWEPT THROUGH THESE THREE SHOWS,ESP THE BUCKET ON 24TH,OUTSIDE WAS CRISP AND THE DYES WERE EVERYWHERE..IT WAS A WOOL SWEATER SHOW INDEED....THEN THREE YEARS LATER YOURE DOWN IN LANDOVER FOR SPRING DEADING AND THEY RIPPED IT LIKE THEY DID AT EACH OF THE PEAKS OF THE THREE PHILLY SHOWS.TIED-IN,YEARS APART,BUT NICE AND NEAT.
Subject: b-day present
I got tickets for ALL 3 of these shows as a birthday present. My birthday is Sept. 26th the first night I had front row center I will be 45 this Sunday this one ticket alone is the single GREATEST birthday present I ever got. The Two Soldiers Jam was BREATH TAKING!! Thank you for putting this here. By the way Spencer Davis was FANTASTIC. A 10********** ALL THE WAY!!!!
Good show. Good crispy board. I wish I could say this was the day I was born but by '87 I was already going bald.LOL
Subject: Don't get too close
This one is HOT! The energy is awesome. They are playing well and having fun. Nice show... good sound. It's a winner!
The day I was born, and not a bad 87 show either. Second set is on fire! china>rider>samson>terrapin etc.
Subject: yes, Handsome Cabin Boy
other performances of this jam by the GD: 9/12/90 Spectrum, and 3/17/93 Cap Centre... all within 2 hours of each other. Hmmm.
Nice show... certainly some sloppy moments with Spencer Davis, but the first set absolutely rips.
Subject: A generous heaping of Dead
1st Set: "Hey" there. It works nicely as an opening tune to a three night stand. Direct, bright and full of good cheer. There's little backbone & vigor to this "Althea." Besides Brent blasting his usual modicum of Hammond, "Rooster's" a bore. Thankfully the mess of the climax did heat up. (late 6/early 7.)YES! "Push." Next. "Masterpiece" is at least spirited if not genuinely soulful. Jerry's curious plucking and Brent's well-timed tinkling saves "Ramble" from obscurity. Playful poking with some "Adams Family." I wonder why, in '87, there's a plethora of 'AF' teases. The film did not come out til '91. Time for the set to be reborn? with "Cassidy." We're still in tame territory; however, Jerry's dramatic, full-toned excursion urges to boys into somewhat compelling areas. "DEal" ain't pretty, but the effort's there to provide a satisfactory end to this 'no need to ever hear again' 1st set.
2nd Set: Alright, let's introduce Spencer Davis to help with a quality "Gimme." Despite the band's fondness for much of Winwood's 70's output, he never guested with them. Anyways, Spencer provides a lean rhythmic guitar without Bobby's awkward complexities. Say "thank you Spencer." Ahhhh...yes, we're staying friendly and upbeat with "China." Ewww...Jerry's blowing lyrics left and right. Wow, this is subtandard. Noone wants to fully pronounce themselves. Thank goodness the segue goes smoothly. "Rider" is below averge as well. Thankfully, Sunday's "Samson" is emitting some smoke. Shockingly, "Terrapin" is also strongly performed, if with very little in the way of frills or grizzle. "Drums" starts us out in the middle of the Pacific Theatre. Think of EA military gamer, "Rising Sun." emerges what appears to be a "Playin," nope- "the Wheel." Wow, that was an obviously extended tease. Anyways, "The Wheel" is sweetly tinged. "Truckin" is a fine representative of abbreviated '87 versions. In addition, Bobby hardly makes any lyrical errors. "Stella" tries awfully hard to be isolated and austere, its purposefulness a tad distracting, yet its sincerity grabs you. We close this rather looong '87 second set with a pretty good version of the other 'American Beauty' rocker "Sugar."
Tonight's encore is of the Dylan variety; "Baby Blue." Poignantly performed despite Jerry's thin vocals.
Saved by the meat of the set list, and the last quarter of the show.
Subject: For previous review
Nice Show here too, worth the Dl.
Handsome Cabin Boy and Two Soldiers are two of a countless number of old folk tunes that follow this pattern both in timing and in terms of the notes being played. You can find it on
12/9/91 and 12/17/90 among others.
Garcia, Grisman with Jim Kerwin on bass and
Joe Craven doing violin and beats
Subject: Handsome Cabin Boy
Not sure why this is called the Two Soldiers Jam when it's the melody to Handsome Cabin Boy. Nice to hear nonetheless.
Subject: great show (my 3rd)
i was 7th row center, the recording is crispy, the dead were on! the songlist is realy fun, but the execution is something to write home about,spencer davis, the two soldiers space was great also, theres a playin fake out of space and the wheel really gets there